I'm not referring to the weather, although it does look gray, gloomy and menacing outside. It is the hour before the family start arriving for our annual Christmas party. The house is clean (smells of Pinesol, even), the salad that is my contribution is ready, and Christmas music is on the stereo. It is my rather eclectic mix, to be sure- to DJ's chagrin. I have everything from Transiberian Orchestra to medieval Christmas carols, and lots in between. I can only take so much of the stuff you hear all day on the radio this time of year.
And I have been sewing- the stockings I started last year are done and hanging by the fireplace!
I am dressed, and admittedly feeling rather pleased with the new skinnier me- even found some jeans that fit great and show it off! If I have to hit my sixth decade shortly, I can do it looking good.
I have also been doing some preliminary work on my last IT! piece. I've done some playing in PSE with the filters, and done some sketching. Still haven't decided which direction I'll go, but I'm not stressing- I'll have time off the week between Christmas and New Year's, and the reveal isn't until mid-January. Plenty of time to think and ponder before jumping in with the fabric.
If there's one advantage to getting older, it's learning that the holidays aren't worth stressing out over. I do the best I can with the time and budget I have, and just try to enjoy the season. It sure beats the alternative!